Mid-Century Miniature Credenza (Tutorial + SVG)

DIY mid-century miniature credenza in 1:12 and 1:16 Lundby scale
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I believe that I think every room (miniature or full 1:1 scale) needs some sort of cabinetry to make it look finished. A credenza is a great way to do that, and to add a certain style into a scene. This mid-century miniature credenza features a variety of faux decorative panels that you simply glue on, as well as different leg options. Because there are no working doors or drawers, putting it together is pretty fast!

mid-century miniature credenza in Lundby dollhouse room

DESIGN NOTES FOR MID-CENTURY MINIATURE CREDENZA

There are 3 different decorative panels to choose from, and they can be placed horizontally or vertically. There is also a set of drawer fronts, which I think would look great placed in the middle panel.

sketch of panels for miniature credenza
Some crude sketches of the panels

In addition, there are 3 different leg options. You can see two of them on the finished pieces pictured here, and the other one has an “H” shape.

sketches of legs for mid-century credenza
I can’t draw straight lines, apparently.

The measurements are designed to work with 1/16″ thick material for the body and legs, and cardstock-thickness for the decorative panels.

Get the SVG files from my Etsy shop!


IMPORTING THE SVG FILES INTO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

To import the SVG file into Cricut Design Space, head on to this post or watch this video on YouTube.


TOOLS & MATERIALS TO MAKE MINIATURE CREDENZA

Cutting List for Miniature Credenza

On your primary 1/16″ material (basswood or chipboard), cut the following:

  • 2 pieces of Top/Bottom
  • 1 piece of Inner Bottom
  • 2 pieces of Side
  • 2 pieces of Inner Side
  • 4 pieces of Legs
    • If using basswood, cut 2 along the grain and 2 across the grain

On the wood cardstock, cut 3 pieces of decorative panels


ASSEMBLING THE MINIATURE CREDENZA

Whether you prefer video or written instructions, I’ve got you covered!

Step 1: Cut and label all pieces

Use a pencil, so the markings can be erased or covered easily with paint. Sand all cut edges so they’re smooth and even. If you plan to stain, I suggest doing it now!

Step 2: Make the legs

Glue together 2 pieces of the legs, and make 2 sets. If you are using basswood like I do, glue one “across grain” with one “along grain”. This helps to strengthen the pieces.

legs of credenza

Step 3: Make the body

Glue the inner bottom to the Bottom piece, leaving 1/16″ lip along the 3 edges.

bottom piece of credenza body

Glue the inner side to the Side piece, leaving 1/16″ lip along two edges. The top of the side should be flush. Make another one with mirroring direction.

side pieces of credenza

Attach the sides to the bottom piece.

sides put on miniature credenza to make the body

Then attach the back, front, and top pieces.

finished body of miniature credenza
Notice the front piece is set back a little.

Sand off the cut edges to round them off slightly and give a softer look. Then you’re ready to paint!

Step 4: Put on the legs and and panels

Glue on the legs at the bottom, as centered as possible.

Legs are attached to the bottom of the credenza

I left my panels unpainted to highlight the shapes. Simply glue them to the front. That’s it!

Decorative panels put on miniature credenza

COMPLETE!

DIY mid-century miniature credenza in 1:12 and 1:16 Lundby scale

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